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Tournament: 4th Lloyds Bank Masters • 134 games (and 6 stubs) from a possible 450
Venue: Alexandra National Hotel, London • Dates: 20-28 August 1980 • Download PGNuploaded Thursday, 5 November, 2020 4:27 PM

n.b. the following crosstable is very incomplete - only correct to six places. I am seeking a complete crosstable to place here.

1980 Lloyds Bank Masters 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  Total 
1 Chandler,Murray G 2450 ♦ ½/58 ◊ 1/39 ♦ 1/40 ◊ ½/22 ♦ ½/13 ◊ 1/11 ♦ ½/23 ◊ 1/4 ♦ 1/7 7 / 9
2 Gheorghiu,Florin 2605 ♦ 1/66 ◊ 0/11 ♦ 1/67 ◊ 1/25 ◊ 1/20 ♦ 1/4 ♦ 0/8 ◊ 1/13 ♦ 1/16 7 / 9
3 Ligterink,Gert 2455 ◊ ½/57 ♦ ½/26 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 1/68 ◊ 1/63 ♦ ½/12 ◊ 1/24 ◊ 1/11 ♦ 1/8 7 / 9
4 Gutman,Lev 2430 ◊ 1/63 ♦ 1/8 ◊ 1/32 ♦ 1/23 ◊ 1/12 ◊ 0/2 ♦ ½/14 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/9 6½ / 9
5 Lederman,Leon 2410 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 1/70 ♦ 1/69 ◊ 1/33 ♦ 1/62 ◊ ½/23 ♦ ½/13 ◊ ½/9 ♦ 1/15 6½ / 9
6 Sax,Gyula 2570 ◊ ½/60 ♦ 0/32 ♦ 1/59 ◊ ½/56 ♦ 1/38 ◊ ½/34 ◊ 1/21 ♦ 1/12 ◊ 1/14 6½ / 9
7 Shamkovich,Leonid 2515 ♦ ½/61 ◊ 1/37 ◊ 1/65 ♦ 0/12 ◊ 1/24 ♦ ½/20 ◊ 1/41 ♦ 1/23 ◊ 0/1 6 / 9
8 Pritchett,Craig William 2390 ♦ 1/62 ◊ 0/4 ◊ ½/55   ◊ 1/44 ♦ 1/25 ◊ 1/2 ♦ ½/14 ◊ 0/3 5 / 8
9 Hartston,William Roland 2465 ◊ ½/21 ♦ 1/15   ♦ ½/32   ◊ 1/55 ♦ ½/5 ♦ 0/4 3½ / 6
10 Bellin,Robert 2440 ♦ 1/71 ◊ ½/33   ◊ 0/13   ◊ 1/62   ♦ 1/20   3½ / 5
11 Watson,William N 2320 ◊ 1/5 ♦ 1/2   ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/47 ♦ 0/3   3 / 5
12 Cox,John J 2180   ♦ 1/56 ◊ 1/7 ♦ 0/4 ◊ ½/3 ♦ ½/35 ◊ 0/6   3 / 6
13 Knott,Simon JB 2220 ♦ 0/29   ♦ 1/10 ◊ ½/1 ♦ 1/72 ◊ ½/5 ♦ 0/2   3 / 6
14 Law,Andrew P 2375   ◊ 1/27 ♦ 1/15 ◊ ½/4 ◊ ½/8 ♦ 0/6 3 / 5
15 Pliester,Leon 2245   ◊ 0/9 ♦ 1/37   ♦ 1/22 ◊ 0/14   ◊ 1/35 ◊ 0/5 3 / 6
16 Iskov,Gert 2400   ♦ ½/36 ◊ ½/26 ♦ 0/27   ◊ 1/20 ♦ 1/55 ◊ 0/2 3 / 6
17 Plaskett,H James 2405   ♦ ½/3 ◊ 1/64 ♦ ½/43   ♦ 1/62   3 / 4
18 Langeweg,Kick 2425 ◊ 1/74 ♦ 0/42   ♦ 0/24   ♦ 1/28 ◊ 1/26 3 / 5
19 Nicholson,John G 2305 ◊ 0/46   ◊ 1/75 ♦ 1/64   ♦ 1/45 3 / 4
20 Jacobs,Byron A 2160   ♦ 1/64 ◊ 1/42 ♦ 0/2 ◊ ½/7 ♦ 0/16 ◊ 0/10   2½ / 6
21 Baljon,Christofoor 2340 ♦ ½/9   ◊ 1/37 ♦ 0/6 ◊ 1/57 ♦ 0/38 2½ / 5
22 Petursson,Margeir 2425   ◊ 1/36 ♦ ½/1 ◊ 0/15   ♦ 1/49   2½ / 4
23 Povah,Nigel E 2385   ◊ 0/4 ♦ 1/34 ♦ ½/5 ◊ ½/1 ◊ 0/7   2 / 5
24 Riedel,Wolfgang 2295   ♦ 0/7 ◊ 1/18 ♦ 0/3 ◊ 1/32   2 / 4
25 Stebbings,Anthony 2205   ◊ 1/76 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 1/32 ◊ 0/8   2 / 4
26 Wells,Ian Duncan 2220 ♦ 1/77 ◊ ½/3 ♦ ½/16   ♦ 0/18 2 / 4
27 Martin,Andrew D 2315   ◊ 1/43   ◊ 1/16 ♦ 0/14   2 / 3
28 Conquest,Stuart 2120   ◊ 1/48   ◊ 1/46   ◊ 0/18 ♦ 0/35 2 / 4
29 Finlayson,Shaun 2250 ◊ 1/13   ◊ 1/65   2 / 2
30 Makai,Zsuzsa 2175 ♦ 0/33   ◊ 1/79   ♦ 1/78 2 / 3
31 Hakki,Imad 2255   ◊ 1/80   ◊ 1/71   2 / 2
32 Pagden,Michael 2280   ◊ 1/6 ♦ 0/4 ◊ ½/9 ♦ 0/25   ♦ 0/24   1½ / 5
33 Van der Mije,Alexandra 2285 ◊ 1/30 ♦ ½/10   ♦ 0/5   1½ / 3
34 Wells,Peter K 2190 ◊ 1/81   ◊ 0/23 ♦ ½/6 ◊ 0/36   1½ / 4
35 Pytel,Krzysztof 2450   ◊ ½/12 ♦ 0/15 ◊ 1/28 1½ / 3
36 Veroci,Zsuzsa 2285   ◊ ½/16 ♦ 0/22   ♦ 1/34   1½ / 3
37 Brown,Simon D 2260   ♦ 0/7 ◊ 0/15 ♦ 1/82 ◊ 0/50 ♦ 0/21   1 / 5
38 Davies,Nigel Rodney 2235   ◊ 0/6   ◊ 1/21 1 / 2
39 Miranda,Marcio MC 2270   ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/73   1 / 2
40 Cummings,David H 2280   ◊ 0/1   ◊ 1/83   1 / 2
41 Gelpke,Peter 2240   ♦ 0/7 ◊ 1/45   1 / 2
42 Berg,Klaus 2295   ◊ 1/18   ♦ 0/20   ♦ 0/47   1 / 3
43 Botterill,George Steven 2420 ◊ ½/48 ♦ 0/27   ◊ ½/17   1 / 3
44 Ostermeyer,Peter 2400   ◊ 1/58 ♦ 0/8   1 / 2
45 Chapman,Mark 2250   ♦ 0/51   ◊ 1/84   ♦ 0/41 ◊ 0/19 1 / 4
46 Calvo Minguez,Ricardo 2420 ♦ 1/19   ♦ 0/28   1 / 2
47 Hartoch,Robert 2395   ◊ 1/42 ♦ 0/11   1 / 2
48 Marlow,Michael W 2305 ♦ ½/43 ◊ ½/59 ♦ 0/28   1 / 3
49 Teichmann,Erik OMC 2200   ♦ 1/73 ◊ 0/22   1 / 2
50 Nunn,John DM 2515   ♦ 1/37   1 / 1
51 Van der Vliet,Fredrik 2380   ◊ 1/45   1 / 1
52 Lewis,Andrew P 2225   ♦ 1/73 1 / 1
53 Kinlay,Jonathan 2295   ♦ 1/85 1 / 1
54 Dighton,Simon G   ◊ 1/86   1 / 1
55 Sowray,Peter J 2240   ♦ ½/8   ♦ 0/9 ◊ 0/16   ½ / 3
56 MacPherson,Dougald 2345   ◊ 0/12 ♦ ½/6   ½ / 2
57 Friedgood,David 2335 ♦ ½/3   ♦ 0/21   ½ / 2
58 Strauss,David J 2335 ◊ ½/1   ♦ 0/44   ½ / 2
59 Caldwell,Susan Linda 2095   ♦ ½/48 ◊ 0/6   ½ / 2
60 Pils,Walter 2300 ♦ ½/6   ½ / 1
61 Crouch,Colin S 2330 ◊ ½/7   ½ / 1
62 Van der Weide,Piet 2280 ◊ 0/8   ◊ 0/5 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 0/17   0 / 4
63 King,Daniel J 2330 ♦ 0/4   ♦ 0/3   0 / 2
64 Lucena,Lincoln 2350   ◊ 0/20 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 0/19   0 / 3
65 Arkell,Keith C 2255   ♦ 0/7   ♦ 0/29   0 / 2
66 Kaner,Richard 2305 ◊ 0/2   0 / 1
67 Paulsen,Dirk 2250   ◊ 0/2   0 / 1
68 Van Dijk,Bram 2250   ◊ 0/3   0 / 1
69 Farias,Sergio A 2270   ◊ 0/5   0 / 1
70 Henttinen,Markku IO 2215   ♦ 0/5   0 / 1
71 Toth,Peter 2300 ◊ 0/10   ♦ 0/31   0 / 2
72 Hawksworth,John C 2230   ◊ 0/13   0 / 1
73 Pritchard,David B 2160   ♦ 0/39   ◊ 0/49   ◊ 0/52 0 / 3
74 Rumens,David Edward 2310 ♦ 0/18   0 / 1
75 Webb,Richard M 2425   ♦ 0/19   0 / 1
76 McDonald Ross,Michael 2225   ♦ 0/25   0 / 1
77 Fuller,Maxwell L   ◊ 0/26   0 / 1
78 Howell,James C 2395   ◊ 0/30 0 / 1
79 Iclicki,Willy 2200   ♦ 0/30   0 / 1
80 Frostick,Clive A 2120   ♦ 0/31   0 / 1
81 Fransson,Peter 2150 ♦ 0/34   0 / 1
82 Penzias,Mordechai 2160   ◊ 0/37   0 / 1
83 Ravikumar,Vaidyanathan 2305   ♦ 0/40   0 / 1
84 Whitehead,Clare E 2000   ♦ 0/45   0 / 1
85 Bradbury,Neil H 2100   ◊ 0/53 0 / 1
86 Giblin,William TP   ♦ 0/54   0 / 1

BCM, November 1980 – report by George Botterill: "In the bulletin Congress Director Stewart Reuben strikes a note of justifiable pride: 'ours is now regarded as the premier event of this type in Europe and is second only to Lone Pine in the rest of the world.' There is no denying the popularity of the Lloyds Bank Masters — 100 contestants, 17 of them rated 2400 or above, from 26 different countries. For such a global gathering the playing conditions were less than ideal. Having glowered leadenly for so long the skies suddenly burst into radiance and gave us a very sticky time of it. As if time-trouble (the rate was 45 moves in two and a half hours and 18 per hour thereafter) and other traditional causes of perspiration that beset players were not enough! The absence of air-conditioning at this year’s venue, the Alexandra National Hotel, just across the road from Finsbury Park, made almost every position an uncomfortable one.

"Of course, only the finicky aristocracy, the titled players, are much given to grumbling about that sort of thing. The majority of the contestants were there for the norms and the pressure of their ambition lowers sensitivity to such factors. A striking fact about these Swiss-Elo tournaments is the extent to which the IMs and GMs find themselves on the defensive. They have less of a permanent (or imagined) value to fight for than the aspiring plebeian band who oppose them. Nonetheless, one way or another the IMs and GMs are lured to the LBM by Reuben’s shrewd combination of efficiency, diplomacy and bribery. This time there were 3 GMs — Gheorghiu, Sax and Shamkovich — and 14 IMs. Any genuine possibility of GM-norms being registered was scotched by a late withdrawal on the part of Ivkov. But the chances for IM-norms were manifest.

"The most interesting innovation was the incorporation of a Lloyds Bank Lady Masters within the general framework of the event. There was a separate trophy and prize fund for the Lady Masters, but that was as far as sexist separatism was allowed to go. The results of the experiment? As early as round four Bill Hartston opined that there was strong evidence in favour of the proposition that women play better against men than against other women. If so, the format of LBM 1980 represents further progress towards the distant ideal of sex equality in chess.

"Do unintelligent or untalented people ever get to leave the USSR for Israel? Or is there an exit examination which you have to be some sort of genius to pass? Lev Gutman, latterly of Latvia, started off in true Dzhindzhihashvili style with five straight wins.

...

"The sixth round was memorable not only for the games played, but also because it fell on a day, Monday August 25, on which there was a carnival in Finsbury Park. The prospect of excessive noise and the possibility of what the football commentators call ‘physical contact’ induced the organizers to cancel the final round of the Junior Invitation tournament. We need not have worried for the day passed quietly enough. Driving past in the evening I was amazed by the hordes of police, who seemed to outnumber the celebrants by at least two to one. The revellers looked bored, the police tired and nervous. I was reminded of the words of a local dignitary at the prize-giving of a weekend tournament: ‘I support chess because it does at least keep the youngsters off the streets,’ he had solemnly told me.

...

"And what of the Lloyds Bank Masters? Veroci, van der Mije and Makai were the favourites, whilst amongst the English contingent further signs of improvement might be hoped for from Sheila Jackson and Susan Caldwell. In fact IWGM Zsuzsa Veroci of Hungary was playing in a different league from the other ladies. Whilst her rivals spent most of their time on minus scores, she was steadily holding her own against male IM opposition, and won this efficient game against the current British under-18 champion [Peter Wells].

"Come the ninth and final round the top pairings were Iskov (6) v Gheorghiu (6), Shamkovich (6) v Chandler (6), Pritchett (6) v Ligterink (6) and Sax (5½) v Law (6). Ligterink and Gheorghiu won in good style, the latter with a well-conceived long-term exchange sacrifice. But the other two games had such weird finishes that the spectators could hardly believe their eyes.

"So the prize-winners were: 1-3 IGM Gheorghiu (R), IM Chandler (NZ) and IM Ligterink (NL) 7; 4-6 IGM Sax (H), Gutman (IL) and IM Lederman (IL) 6½; 7-12 Finlayson, IM Iskov (DK), IM Langeweg (NL), Law, IM Pritchett and IGM Shamkovich (USA) 6. The Lloyds Bank Trophy and title of Lloyds Bank Master 1980 went to Florin Gheorghiu, on a tie-break by sum of progressive scores.

"And in the Lady Masters: 1 IWGM Veroci (H) 5½ 2-3 IWGM van der Mije (NL) and IWM Makai (H) 4½; 4 C. Whitehead 4.

"To many the most precious awards, and indeed the main business of the whole affair, were the title norms. Gutman, Law, Povah and Watson made IM-norms, and no less than 14 FM-norms were registered. Such a norm-bonanza is bound to make the Lloyds Bank Masters even more popular with title-seekers next year. Since I have heard some criticism of the pairing policy in British Swiss-Elo tournaments, I should stress that these results were in no way aided by any improper rigging of the pairings. It is true that the organizers ‘run’ players for norms. All this means, however, is that if somebody has got off to a good start his (or her) chances are not dished by a pairing against a lowly-rated or unrated opponent, if another suitable pairing is available.

"One interesting question remains. Given that the English juniors took so many famous scalps, why is it that only two English players, Finlayson [Scottish rather than English - JS] and Law, finished in the top twelve? Ligterink made an observation that deserves attention. He said that whilst the English juniors are clearly stronger than their counterparts in other western European countries, so long as they continue to concentrate on sharp, tactical opening variations they will continue to lag behind the young Soviet players, who get a much more solid grounding in quiet positional lines. Well, at least we should have ample opportunity, in the next few years, to judge what truth there is in this diagnosis."


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Date Notes
28 August 2020 Posted here for the first time – it has been on ChessBase for some years. Plus partial crosstable and quotes from George Botterill's report in BCM.